Removing The Spoon — Britt Daniel On Divine Fits

Divine Fits may be an unfamiliar name, but the people behind it no doubt lurk in your record collection under their original outfits. Better known Britt Daniel from Spoon, Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade, and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks, Divine Fits is the band du jour for these gentlemen and A Thing Called Divine Fits is their first full length record. Speaking to Chris Berkley from Static, Britt Daniel talks about how Divine Fits came together, the recording of the album and adjusting to life in a new outfit.

Have you been introducing yourself as Britt Daniel from Divine Fits to people and strangers in the street?Read the rest

Staying Up All Night With Wild Nothing

Riding the crest of the dream-pop insurgence that brought with it bands like Beach Fossils, Twin Sister and Still Corners, was that of Jack Tatum and Wild Nothing, who’ s debut album of 2010, Gemini was an exquisitely crafted record brimming with 80’s melodies and accompanying themes of nostalgia and romanticism. It was an album that quickly found its way into regular rotation here and on many critics end of year lists.

Having taken a year off to tour Gemini, Tatum then moved to New York to work on the follow-up, the recently released and equally inviting, Nocturne. Speaking to Static’s Chris Berkley, Jack Tatum spoke about his transition about his love of pop music and its influence on Wild Nothing and the long late nights that lead to the making of Nocturne.Read the rest

Her Dark Materials — In The Court Of Zola Jesus

From her isolated upbringing in rural Wisconsin, combined with a passion for opera, philosophy and industrial music, Nika Rosa Danilova aka Zola Jesus has created a name for herself as being a successor to the great Diamanda Galas and Lisa Gerrard with her haunting, otherworldly vocal style.

Over the past three years Danilova has reached the point in her career where she is no longer an experimental, teenage noise-maker but an internationally celebrated electro-pop artist. Her third album Conatus is her most accomplished work to date, pushing beyond the dark melodrama of Stridulum II toward something that is emotionally breathtaking.

From Conatus alone, it’s clear that Danilova confidence to follow her instincts her paid off, but in conversation she remains tight-lipped, holding her cards close to her chest, as Static’s Chris Berkley would quickly find out.… Read the rest

Searching For The Sailboat With Animal Collective

Having just released the second single “Summertime Clothes” from their acclaimed eighth album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Chris Berkley from Static spoke to David Portner from Baltimore, Maryland’s favourite sons, Animal Collective and asked, among other things, what lurked behind the eye-catching artwork and whether or not they had been invited to play the venue they named the album after. 

It was fantastic to read that Animal Collective had crashed into the American charts like that. It’s been a pretty exciting time releasing Merriweather Post Pavilion for you guys. Do you get excited by how much excitement that other people had for the record coming out?Read the rest